June 22, 2013 Subject:
How to succeed in business without even trying.
Interesting western-style movie, but so many weird little flourishes to call it's own.
A businessman is thrown out of the company he manages. Deciding to embark on a new life, he decides to become a stoker on a ship, shovelling coal into boilers! Talk about an unusual choice of life events. On the ship, he accidentally meets a rich Mexican coffee plantation owner (!!) and in a chain of events, somehow ends up working for her, and protecting her from a mexican bandit gang. Wilder on print then it is on screen, the whole thing just feels like a disguised western. But props to the writers for the odd turn of events here.
August 6, 2012 Subject:
I don't dissect the movies, I just watch for enjoyment and I enjoyed this one.
August 17, 2004 Subject:
In a Foreign country, Terrorists attack US newly-weds. Can Us Army save them?
A very timely fast paced film. The real scenes in the bowel of a ship, where stokers are shovelling coal into the boilers are fascinating .Like many of the good B-Films it would have benefited from more time to develop the characters, more money (extra sets, color film etc), but I still found it most enjoyable
May 30, 2004 Subject:
Back to the Saturday Afternoon Movies
When Dick, the owner of a large corporation, finds out that the board of directors is about to vote him out of the company he fires back that he's already got the money from his wife's estate to buy them out first. On his arrtival at home he finds that his wife has divorce papers in hand and is ready to leave for Paris.
From here Dick renounces captialism and women and takes off for South America as a workman (coal stoker), only to find a beautiful woman, corrupt Nicaraguan police, a plantation in need of rescue, and a quick rebirth in his value system.
For a 1932 sample of celluloid entertainment this movie is a delight. It's simplistic on many levels but on a moral sytem fills the bill for offering satisfaction at the end for a guy who has it, loses it, and with "good upbringing and the American way" reclaims it.
I can see the 12 year olds enjoying the heroism as well as calling it mushy at the end. Never the less this movie is very appealing, to me, at least.